Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Title: Ninefox Gambit.
Series: The Machineries of Empire #1.
Writer(s): Yoon Ha Lee.
Publisher: Solaris Books.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: June 14th 2021.
Pages: 384.
Genre(s): Fantasy.
ISBN13:  9781781084489.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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15 thoughts on “Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

  1. Woohoo! Glad you liked it, Lashaan! I see it wasn’t an entirely flawless and smooth ride, but I’m glad you persevered 😉 It seems it was worth it for you in the end! 😀
    I enjoyed your review a lot – and yes, the relationship between Jedao and Cheris is at the core of this novel. Do you consider reading the subsequent installments?

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    1. Thanks for sharing your love for it last year! 😀 I lept into it without remembering much about the story and was impressed and happy by what I got! I do want to read the rest of the trilogy but currently don’t own them nor had any plans to squeeze them in before 2022. I’ll have to see if I sneak it into my schedule next year! 😀 Have you read all those short stories set within the universe?


  2. Amazing review! I’ve always been intimidated by this book and its complexity, and that’s one of the reasons I keep leaving it on the back burner, but you just provided the necessary encouragement for me to give it a try as soon as possible: you make it sound like an engaging challenge but also a rewarding one, so I must accept it! 😉
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Maddalena! It is indeed one of those super complex worlds that are written in a way that can easily deter readers from wanting to focus and elucidate it. I hope you’ll definitely give it a try in the near future, especially knowing that you have a soft sport for space operas! 😀

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  3. I have the books but I’ve always been scared to read them because they seem so complicated. And I don’t know when I’ll pick it up, but you’ve definitely given me confidence that I should try. And wow what a beautiful review. You have such a wonderful way with words. It’s stunning.

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    1. I can totally understand what you mean. It’s not an easy read at all and will definitely be challenging for just about all readers but if you’re intrigued by it, it’s totally worth it. And wow, thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate it. It makes me want to write more than ever before! 😀

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  4. I’m really glad to see you enjoyed this one. I’ve been curious, and hopeful, about it for a while, enough so I’ve picked up the first two ebooks. Can’t wait to one day give it a go. It’s fun sometimes to explore worlds and cultures without the author holding our hands, instead just jumping in the deep end and doing our best to figure it out. Of couse, there’s also a risk to it that it might be too complicated and confusing and end up confounding too many readers. But it sounds like this one, at least for you, successfully walked that line.

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    1. Glad to hear your interest in this one, Todd! I still need to find myself a copy of the sequel but I’m definitely glad to have given it a try. Some of the most challenging reads in my life ended up being some of my favourites too (e.g. The Gardens of the Moon, A Clockwork Orange). I do hope you’ll have a rewarding experience when you get around to this series. Thanks for reading, my friend!


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